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Old White Hart


The Old White Hart was situated on Pump Square. The publican in 1896 was W Oliver..
Source: Vic Bannister
My grandad, Frederick Robert Singleton-McGuire was the landlord of this pub in 1899. It was formerly called The Grapes, and opened in 1805, closing in 1905. He has an interesting history. He was born in Wormgate in 1878. At the age of 3 he went to live with his uncle Michael McGuire (who was the son of an Irish immigrant) while both his parents went to live in Nottingham. He became Ice Skating champion of the Fens in the days when the Witham froze over for days on end. In 1899 he married Margaret Amelia Antrobus and became landlord of this pub where my father, Frederick Michael McGuire, was born. My Grandad went on to manage the Axe and Cleaver in West Street Boston. The initials of his two sons are still engraved in the wall of the old coach house (F.McG and V McG) at the Axe and Cleaver.
Allan J McGuire (Nov 2011)

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